How invasive is a hysterectomy?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner
A hysterectomy is the surgical removal of the uterus. A hysterectomy may be needed for many reasons, from endometriosis to uterine cancer. In many cases of uterine cancer, the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and pelvic lymph nodes are also removed during a hysterectomy in order to prevent the cancer from spreading. Because a hysterectomy is major surgery, it requires a hospital stay. Recovery can time can range from several weeks to over a month.

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